In June, four local high school students took the Cisco Certiﬁed Network Associate exam after completing the Cisco CCNA coursework at the Bell County Area Technology Center. The CCNA certiﬁcation is a highly sought after IT industry certiﬁcation created by Cisco Systems, Inc. An individual holding this certiﬁcation is considered qualiﬁed to perform the duties of a network technician/administrator.
Passing the exam were Misty Holland, Pineville High School; Krysta Lewis, Pineville High School; Justin Simpson, Bell County High School; and Dyllan Gottfried, Pineville High School.
Holland will be attending Southeast Community & Technical College to pursue a degree in network administration.
Lewis will be attending the University of Louisville to pursue a degree in network Administration and security. She also placed 19th in the nation this past summer in the SkillsUSA Internetworking national event.
Simpson will be attending Eastern Kentucky University to pursue a degree in network administration and security.
Gottfried will also be attending Eastern Kentucky University to pursue a degree in network administration and security.
“Each of these students worked diligently all school year to accomplish this goal,” said Cisco instructor Brett Thompson. “It goes to show that when young men and women set their minds to it, they can pass any road blocks in their way and accomplish anything. The CCNA is not an easy exam to pass and they did it. I’m very proud of them all!”
The Cisco Networking Academy program is offered to students from Bell County, Pineville and Middlesboro High Schools each year at the Bell County Area Technology Center.
For more information, contact Thompson at 606-337-3094.